Murray Dobbin is an author, commentator and journalist. He is the author of five books and is a former columnist with Financial Post and Winnipeg Free Press. He is a board member of Canadians for Tax Fairness and on the advisory council of the Rideau Institute. He lives in Powell River, BC.
Stories by Murray Dobbin
Former PM notes 'signs of fascism,' but West ignores danger.
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of globalization?
CRA ties to industry, special deals demand Liberal action.
Trudeau's promised new approach looks much like Harper's policies.
Convention a chance to forget pursuit of power and build a real movement.
New Democrats need to face the party's potential irrelevancy and find a new path.
Without recognizing this foreign policy failure, we will have learned nothing.
Why gov't slamming Israel boycotters hurts Palestinians, Canadians, even Israelis.
We've drunk the Kool-aid when it comes to casual acceptance of booze's harms.
Deal's massive risks demand independent, government-funded assessments.
Canadian people need a new deal, not transnational corporations.
PM knows which reforms favour the middle and could blow Canada's chance at pro-rep.
Libs' apparent willingness to chase corporate cheats only the first step.
As chorus of critics sound alarm, this is PM's chance to show us he's listening.
In this post-Harper era, our democratic institutions must be fixed. Start with media.
After 10 years, our democratic crisis calls for more than just electoral reform.
New Morgan Stanley report issues warning to employers: underpay workers, and pay the price.
Why's the Conservative leader so slow to act on the crisis? Look at his old political base.
While minister gripes about prescription drug bills, Tories ink costly corporate rights pacts.
It's our nation's ruthless economic insecurity that Canadians must weigh.
Their 'No' vote splashes a spotlight on ugly austerity, and its powerful puppeteers.
His Liberals are past masters at breaking promises in order to please big banks.
Enfeebled by careless cuts and twisted treaties, our public system is under threat.
'Poison pill' strategy ties hands of future governments.
Economic sanctions best bet to force peace.
For Trudeau at least, it will only become harder to avoid. But will he ever smarten up?
Canadians have been fleeced for billions, but no traction in media for complex banking case.
Record profits have produced lousy jobs.
The need to ramp up civic literacy is 'critical.'
A conflict over Ukraine would be catastrophic.
Are we witnessing the dawn of feudalism 2.0?
But only if party veers left, then makes some alliance with Liberals.
New signs civilization is veering towards collapse.
That's what corporations hoard while Tories refuse to stimulate jobs.
Our business elites got all they wanted. Still they fail to invest, innovate and compete.
PM's moves at home and abroad demand closer scrutiny. Start here.
To sell a pointless war, foster 'protective stupidity' among citizens.
Climate change? CETA seems to be written to undermine policies that deal with the threat.
Take back an economy rigged by elites to produce 'precarity' instead of stable jobs.
Mulcair's minimum wage pledge fits a powerful counter-narrative to Tory claims.
Remorselessness is all the rage in politics, art and commerce. Who's smiling?
Required: bold thinking to preserve civilization and a liveable planet.
Bad voters! You failed to opt for communal suicide.
How zero political debate about government revenue is destroying Canada.
From Enbridge to the Supreme Court, the PM's reckless side prevails.
On Ukraine, Harper as useful idiot -- but for whom?
Backlash swamped US Republicans who played similar game.
Why NDP's yardstick doesn't match Murray Dobbin's.
Facing a complex crisis with no good guys, our foreign policy is self-servingly simplistic.
Here's a $40 billion one waiting to inspire the Canadian citizenry.
Canada's government spies on and harasses citizens who peacefully question petro-corporate aims.
Pandering to Netanyahu's hardliners just raised risk for all in Middle East.
Or, the problem of running government like a business.
Buy less. Give five per cent of your earnings to others fostering change.
To make people care, craft a 'politics of meaning', a 'secular social justice.'
PM is white-washing Conservative party's apartheid-friendly roots.
RCMP's email files place auditor's scope at centre of scandal storm.
Why 'responsibility to protect' is proving irresponsible.
Press now for a reinvigorated democracy after the fall of the Harperium.
What if provincial governments were as brave as the Hupacasath First Nation?
'New kind of union' can educate citizens for election waged on fairer economy.
How Milton Friedman's ruthless agenda led to Edward Snowden's grim revelations.
Don't just run when elections happen. The task goes deeper and it's constant.
Progressives across Canada need to heed what happened out West.
The Liberals' new leader talks and thinks more like a boy king.
Chavez took social progress seriously, and the Western capitalist elite demonized him for it.
Time to rein them in, five years after taxpayers saved their assets.
If Western leaders knew chaos would follow the Arab Spring, why did they really want Gaddafi gone?
Scandal tells bigger story about cynical politics thwarting aboriginal hopes.
If Liberal and NDP leaders aren't pressured to co-operate they'll enable another Harper majority.
Fifty years of federal money defusing revolt look to be over.
The topic is critical to all. Which is why the powerful pretend it's not worth exploring.
FrontCounter BC's hair-tearing approach to locals opposing a private dock on Sunshine Coast.
On the all important revenue question, right-leaning leaders treat us like children.
That's the wrong way to build trust and defeat the Harper government.
What do evaders steal? Chances for others to have decent lives.
From unthinkable to radical to acceptable to sensible to popular to policy.
Will he disavow the Chretien-Martin era that betrayed his father's vision?
CETA will kill jobs, rob provinces of powers to steer own courses. Can it be stopped?
Bill C-38 barrels over belief in a healthy commons. How to wrest back the wheel.
Rather than accept the accident of Harper's agenda, dream up one bigger, better.
Don't let 'surplus powerlessness' lead to apathy. To restore the Canada Harper unmade, try fair taxation.
For this finance minister, the bottom line is dangerously political.
Why many NDPers still need to be convinced of their new leader's orange stripes.
A prudent PM would help persuade Israel away from military action, not goad nuclear hysteria.
Why is Canada taking stands that invite a new global financial catastrophe?
As if to embody the opposite of diplomacy, he fans hazardous flames in Middle East.
Harper's creed: 'Ask not what your economy can do for you, ask what you can do for your economy.'
Now that petro interests reign supreme, even other corporate sectors lose their sway.
May I suggest a resolution for 2012? Defeat Stephen Harper's government.
In NDP leadership debate, Peggy Nash stakes out territory party needs to conquer.
Their challenge to each of us is not to live in tents, but to resist, remake any way we can.
His social engineering aim is to privatize social services and leave the job to charities.
As the Occupy movement outpaces the political process, I wonder if any of these candidates can turn anger into hope.
Hudak's defeat and Occupy Bay Street are latest signs PM's politics aren't embraced.
Choke consumers' wages and you choke the economy. Why don't our leaders see that?
What we're not being told about Gadhafi, and the real reason the US wanted him gone.
Can the NDP thrive after Jack? And save the country?
The party can grow by showing it's more in tune with Canadian values.
The mill got its tax cut. Now it wants more public funds to handle the town's sewage.
Learn from Afghanistan, challenge Harper's unprincipled foreign policy.
Is NATO's real target African unity, financed by Gadhafi?
This is about a crucial, wider fight for income equality and collective bargaining rights.
As PM re-engineers Canadian society, he never lets facts get in the way.
What sort of 'democracy' will we help promote there? Our record is lousy.
Progressives must invest more thought, energy and, yes, money in their vision for this nation.
Most Canadians' values long have aligned with New Democrats. Is this an ah ha! moment?
Citizens would rather shop, making them vulnerable to manipulation by politicians without scruples.
A vote for the Tories this time could mean the end of Canada as we know it.
Looking at a federal election, and its parallel universe of life and death unmentionables.
Harper is increasingly vulnerable, and Layton's NDP is best situated to benefit.
His government 'doctored' a document to get its way and punish enemies. Why should we be surprised?
The NDP leader rates highest, and needs to put a clear proposition to Canadians.
Typical leader of a top 100 firm makes in three days what average worker must toil a year to earn.
The PM backs the Enbridge plan to pipe tar sands crude to the BC coast. But the politics are ugly.
Stephen Harper is succeeding in his efforts to make it a crime to criticize Israel.
The deadly, unforeseen consequences of Canada's widening inequality.
Who put us in this mess? Those 'natural persons' otherwise know as corporations.
Why the Tories keep whipping up fear of terrorists, criminals and peaceful protestors.
Harper survived a stretch of stumbles because Grits and New Dems let him.
He ties us to stumbling US, pulls plug on stimulus, rolls dice on tar sands folly.
Despite the PM's high-minded rhetoric, we haven't earned the spot.
Why halting Canada's march towards tar sands petro-state must be our first priority.
Canadian politics needs a game-changer. Over to you, Jack!
PM's purpose always has been to slash the social democratic state, even if it spurs a recession.
Why are that province's union leaders defending this killer export by Canada?
Enough with running Canada 'like a business.' We need leaders with hearts and vision.
Britain's new leaders have paved the way for what Ignatieff must do now.
The PM is fomenting a culture war, but his opponents barely seem to realize it.
The way back is for a Liberal and New Dem coalition to promise proportional representation.
These groups start at the community level, and you're invited.
Relations with Israel strain as threat of war with Iran looms. US must redefine its interests.
The unintended consequences are myriad, says top U.S. military leader.
Blacks in South Africa never faced a 20-foot wall dividing their communities. Palestinians' land is still being seized, their orchards bulldozed.
But they've stopped acting like it, which is why it's time for tax laws to make them pay their share.
Remember all he's done to thwart hard-won progress.
Can the NDP and the traditional left catch up with this spontaneous uprising?
Harper's agenda has a simple goal: destroy the Canadian social safety net.
Nine ways we are ruining our once enviable reputation in the world.
Ignatieff's Liberals and Layton's NDP cede ground by seeming to be wishy-washy.
But a new coalition of MPs seems to say the two are one and the same.
The most powerful empire in history proves to be dumb as a bag of hammers.
'The largest sub-prime lender in the world is now the Canadian government.'
How a campaign for justice and worker safety defeated Canada's powerful asbestos industry.
The SPP is dead. Good. That helps reduce dependence on a downbound US.
Few are thrilled to have another election, but we must put it to good use.
Why? Because US has thwarted, not supported, democracy there.
To make people care, craft a 'politics of meaning'.
But only if a weary left can lead with new ideas. Here's a few to start.
After creating it with tax cuts, he has an excuse to slash government.
How he really can get on the right side of this long overdue debate.
How US promoted corruption while locking out true democracy.
Part 1: He's the (reluctant) imperial president.
What's at stake if the PM wriggles out of this one.
How Grits can save Canada and themselves.
The crash should have killed TILMA.
Harper's agenda must be stopped by Liberals, NDP and Bloc.
Need evidence? Look south.
When Harper plays the family card, he cheats.
To deny Tories a majority, how best to vote?
Georgia debacle may be the last straw, isolating US with Canada.
To play junior partner to empire, we've militarized our identity.
Not if we surrender our energy lifeblood to the US.
The case for blocking Bush's war spinner at our border.
Harper's zeal for retribution seems religious.
Why Canadians must fight 'deep integration' with US.
Orwell wrote the Harper doctrine.
Give up on social programs, says Harper budget.
We're forcing GMOs on people who fear them.
Hey, we thought you were 'friends'!
Car sharing works. Hop in, Harper!
Chris Haddock on politics, televised and not.
Taxes are the price of a civilized society. Support them.
PM silent as White House edges toward attack.
On the political art of doing nothing.
Tom d'Aquino rules Canada's fate. What does he want?
Montebello proved 'deep integration' should be a big election issue.
'Deep integration' comes out of shadows.
Minister on TILMA: Bzzzz wrong!
Harper's sorry stance on human rights.
Greens made a poor ally in Dion's Grits.
Last stage of denial: ethanol will save us!
Phony spending foreshadows future cuts.
It keeps our safety, health and lives together.
TILMA trade agreement would penalize his plans.
Harper's team is expert at word games.
TILMA will strip our ability to set local limits.
Key staff pick shows true economic colours.
But Jack, lay off Dion. Here's a better way.
Harper keeps carving away at Canada's soul.
With Bush a lame duck, PM's plans look passé.
Our soldiers are making enemies of those they are supposed to be helping.
History got us into this mess. Can it get us out?
PM's pride tied to military muscle, U.S. approval.
You'd hardly know collective bargaining is a human right.
More community promotes less fear mongering.
This has nothing to do with peacekeeping.
Is he governing for Canada, or just Alberta?
Canada tried to un-ban 'terminator' seeds. Instead, 1.4 billion farmers won.
NPA moves undercut values that won us the bid.
Harper may be PM, but the winner is left-wing Canada.
'Strategic voting?' It's all about outcomes.
Federal party is short on solid policies and democracy.
The more power he had, the stingier he got.
A municipal vote eyed by progressives across Canada.
Zooming costs, worse care, more deaths.
Hollinger's Radler was small fry in sea of CEO sharks.
Control of our energy should be BC's top priority.
Behold the results of years of 'downsizing'.
If 'perversion of its original state' is the definition, here are examples.
Why was Africa's 'Father of Biosafety' hassled at our nation's gates?
He saved them from a doomed election led by hard right Harper.
They say their astute management erased a huge NDP deficit. Wrong. And wrong.
Our next PM may be the Grim Reaper of Canadian politics.
Global CEOs are unclear on the concept of government. They think it’s their support staff.
Embracing Canadian values goes way beyond resenting our neighbours.
Backing ‘terminator seeds’ painted us, again, as the bad guy.
The 'deep integrationists' plan one happy continent, but we must teach the little ones.
The Chinese want our oil. Maybe that will get Uncle Sam's attention.
The PM's been asked again and again about how he runs his shipping firm. Why does he keep mangling the sad facts?
One year on, do we have a prime minister yet?
The return of Stockwell Day, who now implies that people with AIDS deserve no sympathy.
While expert 'realists' tell us to play nice with U.S. global aims, Canadians see a 'rogue' next door.
While expert 'realists' tell us to play nice with U.S. global aims, Canadians see a 'rogue' next door.
While the new PM promises to empower MPs, his record as finance minister and a leadership candidate shows profound disregard for democratic process
Yesterday's address was full of vague gestures at problems the PM helped create in the first place.
Don't bet Paul Martin has the guts to give it.
Paul Martin says he wants to deal with B.C. alienation. Unfortunately, he's been a significant cause of it.